China Making LNG Container A New Mode Of Ship Refueling

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China has acquired a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) container refueling ship with mobile tanks, making it a new mode of ship refueling, says an article published on cgtn.

LNG-powered container ships

With these tank containers, the two 5,000-tonne LNG-powered container ships on Tuesday set sail on the southern stretch of the Grand Canal, which connects Beijing and Hangzhou in east China’s Zhejiang Province.

Replacing batteries

The refueling  is like replacing batteries in a new energy vehicle, said Miao Xiaochao, a project leader at the China National Offshore Oil Corporation, adding that this mode was used for the first time in China.

Traditional way

The whole process takes only 15 to 30 minutes, which is 60 to 70 percent shorter than the traditional way of filling through the pipeline, said Miao.

Standard containers

The container ships were each equipped with two mobile LNG fuel tanks the size of standard containers. Each fuel tank contains 17 tonnes of LNG.

The ships can travel the entire Grand Canal without refueling, according to Miao.

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Source: CGTN


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